Saints Row: The Third

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This page is for the original 2011 version. For the remastered version released in 2020, see Saints Row: The Third Remastered.

Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row: The Third cover
Linux Virtual Programming
Deep Silver
Release dates
Windows November 15, 2011
Linux April 14, 2016[2]
Metacritic 84
Monetization DLC
Series Saints Row
Saints Row: The Third on HowLongToBeat
Saints Row: The Third on IGDB
Saints Row: The Third guide on StrategyWiki
Saints Row: The Third on MobyGames
Saints Row: The Third on Wikipedia
Saints Row
Saints Row 2 2009
Saints Row: The Third 2011
Saints Row IV 2013
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell 2015
Agents of Mayhem 2017
Saints Row: The Third Remastered 2020
Saints Row 5 TBA

Key points

The My Steelport service was shut down on January 31, 2018[3] taking with it all community-created characters. Players wanting to share custom characters need to make use of a community-made local server emulator for Windows.

General information

Official manual
Saints Row Wiki
Saints Row Mods forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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The Full Package also available.
The Full Package only
Green Man Gaming
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The Full Package also available.
Humble Store
Standard edition is DRM-free.
The Full Package also available.
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The Full Package also available.

Version differences[edit]

The Full Package does not include the following DLC: Bloodsucker Pack, Unlockable Pack. These are available separately or as part of the Ultimate Franchise Pack.
The version handles DLC differently from the other versions and is only compatible with other GOG copies in multiplayer.

DLC and expansion packs

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open display.ini.
  3. Add SkipIntroVideo = true in the file.
Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to Videos in the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename logo_amd_hd.bik and logo_thq_and_voli_hd.bik.

Skip game launcher[edit]

Change filenames[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>
  2. Rename game_launcher.exe to something else (e.g. game_launcher_disabled.exe)
  3. Rename SaintsRowTheThird.exe (for DirectX 9) or SaintsRowTheThird_DX11.exe (for DirectX 11) to game_launcher.exe


Gentlemen of Steelport[edit]

Things To Do In Steelport combines all the best mods from the Saints Row modding community. Includes "Launcher with Advanced Options".

Launcher With Advanced Graphics Options[edit]

Windows-only advanced launcher.
Windows-only advanced launcher.
Launcher with a nice GUI front end for display settings editing.[5]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\display.ini[Note 1]
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/vpltd/SaintsRow3/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Saints Row The Third\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/55230/remote/
23 manual save slots + 1 autosave slot are available.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available and cross-platform.


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use SR3 FOV Editor
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Launcher with Advanced Graphic Options.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
2x, 4x and 8x MSAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Triple buffered.
60 FPS
Cutscenes are capped at 30 FPS. The game may cap the frame rate to arbitrary numbers during gameplay and cutscenes, for example 50 and 25 FPS respectively; use Fast v-sync (Nvidia) or Radeon Enhanced sync (AMD) to fix this.[citation needed]
120+ FPS
Due to a poorly implemented 120 FPS cap[6],frame rate constantly jumps between 105 and 125 and in some extreme and physics heavy cases will drop to as low as 80 FPS, despite GPU and every individual CPU thread being well bellow %100 utilization. If the full-screen mode is selected, the game will switch to a 60 Hz refresh rate with each launch; Re-applying graphics settings will fix this issue.[citation needed]
High dynamic range display (HDR)


Input settings.
Input settings.
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Key rebinding. All the categories (top) and first section of general (bottom).
Controller settings.
Controller settings.
Controller buttons, first section.
Controller buttons, first section.
With Steam version if DirectInput controller is present, Steam wraps inputs from it instead of XInput controller, making XInput controller unusable. Game crashes when disconnecting controller unlike with XInput controller which is hotpluggable.[7]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Weapon Store menus cannot be entirely navigated with a keyboard.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput only.
Full controller support
Entering Cheat Codes and (now defunct) Community Login prompt requires keyboard input.
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Button prompts
For DualShock controllers use DualShock Button Prompts mod.
Controller hotplugging
Steam version with DirectInput controller crashes when disconnecting the controller.[7]
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts, see this for a patch to lock controller glyphs.

Remove aim assist[edit]

Add mod file that removes aim assist[citation needed]
  1. Download this file
  2. Place it in the same folder as the game executable.


General settings.
General settings.
Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 5.1 output[8]
Option in gameplay settings. Some cutscenes of "Gangstas in Space" and "The Trouble with Clones" DLCs are not subtitled.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Option in gameplay settings.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, Download.
Retail only. Patch for digital release here.
Retail only.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Officially supported game.
Note:Game is on official list, but not yet confirmed to be 3D to PCGW.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus Coop & Unofficial mod.
LAN play
2 Co-op, Versus
Online play
2 Co-op, Versus
Only in the Steam version

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Bad Performance / Stuttering / Lag[edit]

This issue mostly affects AMD/ATI graphics cards, but these tweaks may alleviate performance issues regardless of brand.
Various solutions[9]
  • Disable VSync.
  • Disable SLI or Crossfire if necessary.
  • Disable a secondary monitor in multi-monitor configurations may also help, especially when in fullscreen with DirectX 10/11.[citation needed]
  • If using an AMD Processor with Bulldozer Architecture (FX-4100, 4170, 6100, 8150 etc.), use the Orochi-CEG tool.
  • If using a Gigabyte motherboard, update the BIOS from Gigabyte's website.

No Sound[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Turn off Hardware Sound Acceleration in DXDIAG (RUN > DXDIAG > SOUND > DirectX Features).
  • Lower your Sample Rate Conversion Quality (or turn off Hardware Acceleration) through Sounds & Audio Devices in the Control Panel (Volume > Speaker Settings > Advanced > Performance)
  • If a 7.1 or 5.1 speaker configuration is being used, set it to 2.1 in Windows Audio Options.

Controller not working[edit]

A controller may fail to function or work intermittently, most noticeably on the map screen.
Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Plug in the controller before launching the game.
  • Remove any other devices plugged into USB ports before playing.
  • Should the controller become disconnected mid-game, restart the game with the controller plugged in.


This game only supports XInput controllers; use x360ce for other controllers.

Flickering Red Dots[edit]

Control panel fix[citation needed]
This is an issue that may occur with Nvidia graphics cards. For non-Nvidia graphics cards, please refer to the equivalent 3D control panel.
  1. Open your Nvidia control panel and navigate to Manage 3D settings
  2. Under the Program Settings tab, select Saints Row from the list of programs (You may need to add it, in which case select Saintsrowthethird_dx11.exe).
  3. Change Anisotropic Filtering and Antialiasing to Application Controlled.
  4. You may also need to turn off Antialiasing Transparency, Gamma Correction, and Texture Filtering as well.

Fail to Launch / Hangs / Freezes After Intro[edit]

Verify game cache to trigger Steam CEG executables update[citation needed]
Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Run the game in DirectX 9 mode.
  • If multiple monitors are used, disable one of them. Make sure the main monitor is in main slot.
  • Exit any program that could mess with the game.
  • Run the game in a different, more common resolution.

Game Crashes on Loading Screen After Starting a New Game[edit]

Possible solutions[citation needed]
  • Verify the integrity of the game cache.
  • Start game in DirectX 9 mode and start a new game. After that the game can be switched to DirectX 10/11.
  • Install the game on a native NTFS drive if the game is run...
    • on a Mac with Boot Camp
    • using an HFS+ formatted drive
    • with additional software such as MacDrive

Crashing on Radeon Graphics Cards[edit]

On some Radeon cards, the game may fail to automatically configuring graphics settings. If this is the case, the game will also crash when you try to change display settings in-game.
Skip autoconfig[citation needed]
Don't use auto-detect graphics settings in game.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\display.ini
  2. Change Preset from -1 to a number from 1 to 4 where 1 is ultra low and 4 is ultra high

Seemingly Random Crashes in DirectX 11 Mode[edit]

Raise GPU core voltage[10]
The core voltage of the video card could be too low.
  • Raise the core voltage by a little.


Warning: Changing settings on your video card may void warranties and can potentially damage the card.

Launcher is blank[edit]

Use an alternate launcher[citation needed]
Skip launcher[citation needed]
Move game to an internal hard drive[citation needed]
  • If you have Steam installed on an External Hard Drive try moving Steam to an internal Hard Drive.

Missing saved games or insufficient space error[edit]

Saved games may be missing despite being in the correct folder, and Saints Row claims there's not enough storage space.
Restart Steam[citation needed]

Lag in Co-op through a LAN connection[edit]

Sync framerates[citation needed]
This is caused by one player having a much lower frame rate than the other.
  • Modify video settings until the framerates are almost even.

Problems while entering Crib or Saving/Loading[edit]

Loading from a saved game and trying to entering a crib gives a black screen and goes back to the desktop. This may also occur when trying to save a game manually and when killing someone after loading.
Change Windows date[citation needed]
There may be a conflict between Steam and SRTT.
  • Change the date of your Windows system to the date of the last saved game.

Game Randomly Crashing During Gamplay[edit]

Limit affinity to two cores[citation needed]
Set the affinity of the game to two cores only (max = two physical cores and two related hyper-threading logical cores, if available).
  • Bill's Process Manager is a great tool to manage the affinity (and priority) for games without creating custom scripts or using the task manager each time.

Stuttering caused by My Steelport service shutdown[edit]

The game repeatedly attempts to connect the now-defunct My Steelport service, which may cause the game to shutter.
Edit hosts file[11]
  1. Go to %WINDIR%\System32\drivers\etc\.
  2. Open hosts with an editor like Notepad.
  3. Add the line and save the file.
This fix will also enable the game to use My Steelport emulator.

LAN not working[edit]

The game has trouble binding to the right network adapter if multiple ones are enabled
Disable any (virtual) network adapters not needed for the LAN connection[12]
Force the game to bind to the right adapter using an utility such as ForceBindIP (necessary if using zerotier, hamach or radmin)[13]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9, 11 Backward compatibility for Direct3D 10 and 10.1 GPUs is provided by Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 3, 5
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Steamworks For Steam version.

Launch Options[edit]

By using command line parameters you can force the game to use the specified language.
Parameter Description
-localize_language us Set language to English
-localize_language de Set language to German
-localize_language fr Set language to French
-localize_language es Set language to Spanish
-localize_language it Set language to Italian
-localize_language nl Set language to Dutch
-localize_language pl Set language to Polish
-localize_language cz Set language to Czech
-localize_language ru Set language to Russian
-localize_language jp Set language to Japanese

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
AMD Athlon X2
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 10 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800
ATI Radeon HD 3800
320 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support
Sound (audio device) DirectX compatible sound card
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 14.04.3, 15.04, 17.1, SteamOS
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-4570T 2.9 GHz
AMD Athlon II X2 270 3.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 7 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 630
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM
Other MESA drivers and Intel Graphics are not currently supported.


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).